Hours after the Twenty20 World Cup’s deferment, the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought the central authorities’s approval for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) later this yr.
“We’ve got formally sought the Authorities of India’s approval this morning to relocate the IPL to the UAE later within the yr. Relying on the federal government’s response, the governing council will finalise the dates, hopefully by subsequent week,” Brijesh Patel, the IPL governing council chairman, informed Sportstar on Tuesday.
On Monday night, the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) introduced that the T20 World Cup, earlier scheduled to be held from October 18 to November 15, has been postponed to 2022. As soon as the deferment was stamped, the BCCI swung into motion very quickly.
Whereas Patel was non-committal concerning the proposed dates, it’s understood that the BCCI in session with the broadcaster will finalise both the September 26 to November 7 or the September 26 to November 14 window. It might end result within the nationwide group having sufficient time to serve the necessary quarantine in Australia earlier than the scheduled begin of the Check collection Down Underneath from December 3.
The fast unfold of COVID-19 throughout India means the BCCI is left with no possibility however to relocate the IPL abroad. Whereas the UAE hosted one-third of the IPL in 2014 to keep away from a conflict with India’s Lok Sabha election, the Emirates Cricket Board officers had supplied to stage the match greater than two years earlier. Making a bio-secure atmosphere within the UAE is feasible to an extent regardless of the IPL set to be held in three main venues, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Whereas some franchises have began asking their gamers to be ready for a pre-departure coaching camp in India, the franchise executives are hoping to listen to one thing formally from the BCCI earlier than the weekend.